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Monday, April 18, 2005

Apple Makes OS 10.3.9 Available For Download
8:31 AM | Jesse Brauning | Comment on this story

Apple has put their newest version of their soon to be obsoleted Mac 10.3 Panther operating system up on both Software Download and their Apple Downloads page. 10.3.9 is bringing a small host of fixes and optimizations to the table, primarily for Stickies, Safari and the Finder. People with Powerbook G4s should be happy as well.

Oh, and here's why you should really get it:

Stickies windows can now be minimized (an issue with Mac OS X 10.3.4 through 10.3.8).
For more information, follow the link below.

Apple OS X 10.3.9 Update

IMG Store: Railroad Tycoon 3, Age of Mythology - $19.95
1:58 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

The IMG Store has marked down its price on MacSoft's Age of Mythology and Railroad Tycoon 3 from $48.95 to $19.95 each.

In Age of Mythology, you command all aspects of your empire as you guide one of nine ancient civilizations to greatness. Gather resources, raise massive armies, wage war, establish profitable trade routes, build settlements, explore new frontiers, and advance your people through four distinct ages.

Players recreate history in Railroad Tycoon 3 as they build the ultimate railroad empire. They will see cities grow into thriving metropolises as they carve out their cross-country routes, and the prosperity of thousands will depend on their decisions as players acquire other businesses, dominate industries, and manipulate a realistically simulated stock market in an effort to amass a fortune greater than Vanderbilt.

To place your order for these products, follow the link below.

Buy Railroad Tycoon 3
Buy Age of Mythology

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FreeCiv Updated to Version 2.0
1:09 PM | Conrad Quilty-Harper | Comment on this story is reporting that FreeCiv, an open source version of Civilisation, has reached version 2.0. This remake of the classic computer game created by Sid Meier is currently in a stable form after a long development process.

From the Slashdot report:

Freeciv 2.0.0 has been released upon the world! A big thanks goes to the people who made it all come true. Remember to read about the exciting news and hurry up and get it here. To see what this game looks like, check out screenshots here and here. This goes to show what a great game an open source project can create."
The OS X build requires 10.3 Panther with X11 installed. To download the 16.2MB game, follow the link below.

FreeCiv 2.0
Civilization III
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World of Warcraft Site Gets a Facelift
1:09 PM | Jesse Brauning | Comment on this story

Blizzard has rearranged its community website for World of Warcraft. There is'nt any new content, but they have made some improvements to the way the site works, most notably by making the left-hand menu customizable, and by moving some links around. Blizzard posted this about the changes:

There is now a new menu on the left side of the website. If you place your mouse over select sub-menu items, an additional menu will pop up. Another new feature of the updated menu is the ability to customize the left menu. You can select which major menus to expand or collapse for future visit. For example, if you click on the "-" icon on the Account button, you can collapse the account menu. If you click on the "+" icon, it will expand again. Your preferences will be saved in a web cookie. We have also added some new buttons to the top of the site.
The site may still be under construction at the moment however, because it seems to be having some trouble loading all the way. By the time you read this, it will probably be cleared up, so pop over there and take a look at it.

Blizzard Entertainment
World of Warcraft
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More Quake 4 Info
9:48 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

GameSpy has managed to dig up a little more info on id's latest project, Quake 4. The info concerns the storyline of Q4, which continues where Quake 2 left off. Humanity is still battling the Strogg, a race of cybernetic warriors who have attempted to invade the Earth in the past.

his time, you're not alone. You are Matthew Kane, an elite member of Rhino Squad, and part of Earth's next invasion wave. An army of soldiers are fighting with you and an arsenal of weapons and vehicles are at your disposal in this heroic and epic battle between worlds.
Given the above info, it seems that, unlike previous Quake titles, the player may actually have a team at his disposal, not to mention vehicles.

Little more is known at this point, though as previously announced, id intends to show off a bit of Quake 4 at the upcoming QuakeCon.

GameSpy - More Quake 4 Info

UN Food Aid Game
9:47 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Macologist has noted the recent release of a title sanctioned by the UN, titled Food Force. Meant to promote the World Food Programme, players are set down in a warzone on the fictional island of Sehylan. Once there, players must conduct air surveillance, deliver aid by means of trucks and helicopters, and construct farms.

WFP spokesperson Neil Gallagher noted, "Communicating with children today means using the latest technology. Food Force will generate kid's interest and understanding about hunger, which kills more people than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined." Both Mac (198M sea) and PC versions are available as downloads.
Those interested in trying out the title can download it directly from the WFP Food Force site. Macologist notes that folks should drop the .sea file directly into Stuffit in order to avoid starting up Classic mode.

Macologist - United Nations releases Food Aid Game
Food Force

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Blades of Avernum Installer Update Released
8:31 AM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

The recently announced patch for Blades of Avernum has been released for the full installation.

We have finally released the full installer for the latest update to Blades of Avernum (before, only a patch was available). This update is v1.0.3 for Windows and v1.1.2 for Macintosh, and fixes several small bugs, including the inability to read signs outdoors. If you have already gotten the patch, you don't need to redownload the full version.
If you haven't played Blades of Avernum before, now's your chance! Get yourself a fully patched copy from the links section.

In related news, those who already have Blades of Avernum should check out a newly released scenario called "Cresent Valley" also available for download from Spiderweb.

Blades of Avernum Installer
Blades of Avernum Scenarios
Spiderweb Software
Blades of Avernum

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Programmer Wanted by Shadowbane Team
8:31 AM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

The Shadowbane staff recently released a request for a programmer to help work with debugging and all-around development of Shadowbane.

In order to apply for the position, you must have

* 3+ years server development, with a strong knowledge of network programming
* Fluent in C++
* Experience scripting with Perl and the Unix Shell
* Good debugging skills
* Self-motivated with a strong work ethic
* Ability to work independently
* Ability to interact well with team

* Experience with multi-threaded programming
* Game industry experience

If you like playing Shadowbane but always wanted to change its code, this job's for you!

Wolfpack Studios
Programming Position

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Blizzard Releases Another Minimap
8:31 AM | Franklin Pride | Comment on this story

Blizzard has released another small map for Warcraft III entitled "Phantom Grove." This latest map features an area with little room for many competitors. It is recommended that you play it 1v1 or 2v2.

Phantom Grove

An ancient horror lurks in these twisting paths turning away all but the most stalwart of champions. These would-be heroes enter confidently, seeking battle and adventure to immortalize their legacy... but none have returned.
Maybe you'll be the first to survive. To find out, head on over to the links section and get yourself a copy.

Blizzard Entertainment
WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne
The Frozen Throne Map Page
Buy WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne

Lego Star Wars Interview
8:31 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

A new interview has been posted at CGOnline with Jonathan Smith of Giant, the original publisher behind Lego Star Wars. The game is an imaginative take on combining the two seemingly unconnected brands, and in the Q&A Smith addresses how they brought the two together.

Here's a snippet:

Computer Games - Was there any pressure to make the game more "kid friendly"?

Jonathan Smith - We set out from the start to create a game that *anyone* could play and enjoy. Obviously, that meant that we wanted to have fun with it ourselves – we’ve been playing LEGO Star Wars pretty solidly for two years now, and that would have been fairly depressing if the game didn’t have so much for us to enjoy, as experienced gamers. But we did also want to make something that we could take home with us, and play with our children; so, yes, the idea of being “kid friendly” was essential to what we were trying to do.

Aspyr Media is publishing Lego Star Wars for OS X and should have it out this summer, so stay tuned to IMG for the latest.

Lego Star Wars Q&A

Monday Takeovers: Adobe & GameStop Go Shopping
8:31 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Two huge surprise takeovers sure to rock the computing industry have been announced this morning; Adobe is buying out Macromedia and GameStop has purchased Electronics Boutique. If approved, both transactions would create monster companies with little competition

While the former may not affect gamers directly, you can bet anyone involved in graphics production using Photoshop or Flash will be wowed by the news. Adobe is said to be offering 3.4 billion in stock, and while no product plans have been announced yet, you can be sure the overlapping products (like Fireworks or Freehand) will be affected.

GameStop's purchase of EB is valued at 1.44 billion and would give the combined franchise nearly 3800 stores with 25% of the marketshare (bigger even than Wal Mart). For more information, have a read through the Reuters article linked below.

Adobe to Buy Macromedia in $3.4B Deal
GameStop to Buy Electronics Boutique

Mac Games News for Friday, April 15, 2005

Revealed: How Stubbs Treats His Women12:30 PM
Aspyr Posts New The Sims 2 Developer Journal12:12 PM
IMG Store: Close Combat: First To Fight In Stock8:44 AM
Aspyr To Preview The Sims 2 In Austin, TX8:41 AM
Battle for Wesnoth 0.9.0 Available8:38 AM
QuakeCon 2005 Signups8:36 AM
Darwinia Patch Notes Released8:31 AM
Age of Empires III Q&A8:30 AM
Custer Strategically Creates Another Desktop8:28 AM
OS X Skyfighters, X-Plane 8 Updates8:26 AM
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